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The rapidly expanding mini-crossover class gets a new member when the 2015 Mazda CX-3 joins the Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade in a category already boasting the Nissan Juke and Mini Cooper Countryman. Offered with a choice of two four-cylinder engines and front- or all-wheel drive, the CX-3 mirrors the styling of the automaker’s larger, critically acclaimed CX-5 compact SUV.
Mazda Motor Company recently announced the unveiling of an all-new crossover SUV that the automaker touts for combining raw power and superior fuel efficiency. The Mazda CX-3 crossover SUV makes its showroom debut on the main stage at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which runs 10 days from November 21 to November 30, 2014. Mazda designed and engineered the 2015 CX-3 to bolster it already impressive line of crossover SUVs that includes the wildly popular CX-5. The Japanese vehicle manufacturer expects the CX-3 to compete with the Nissan Juke, Buick Encore, and Subaru XV Crosstrek.
The Mazda CX-3 SUV represents the fifth vehicle the automaker has released in its lineup of new-generation models. Featuring the company’s proprietary Kodo design, the 2015 CX-3 presents the type of style and sophisticated panache that attracts upscale vehicle buyers. Mazda has refined Kodo to create a much sharper interior that accentuates astonishing curves and leather trim. The two seat open top sports car offers buyers three engine options, with the 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engines modified to match consumer performance preferences. Mazda’s 2.0-liter engine for the 2015 CX-3 achieves best-in-class fuel efficency of 35 highway miles per gallon. Mazda customers can opt for the newly developed 2.5-liter engine that produces more horsepower, while maintaining best-in-class fuel efficency status.
IIHS names the 2015 CX-3 SUV the 2014 Top Safety Pick Plus for introducing several cutting edge safety features, such as the Smart City Brake Support System. Mazda officials plan to emphasize the safety features of the 2015 CX-3 at the Los Angeles Auto Show to attract families that place safety both city roads and highways as the number one buying priority. The Japanese automaker recently released a sketch of the sleek CX-3 that promotes the upright sides and thick wheel arches. Mazda expects all of the models in the CX-3 family to include new instrument clusters and higher premium materials for the interior.
Members of the media receive a preview of the 2015 CX-3 at the LA Auto Show between November 18 and 20. Mazda plans to hold its 2015 CX-3 unveiling press conference on Wednesday November 19 starting at 10:30 A.M. and running for approximately for 30 minutes.